Welcome to Devon Pond Plants
Pond Plants UK Wide Direct Suppliers
The aquatic plant experts...
David & Ruth
I am David Kerr and I have been a keen gardener and plantsman all my life. I have been growing and selling aquatic plants for over 30 years. I specialise in growing plants for ponds, watersides and other damp places and my main interest is in propagation. My deputy manager Ruth was previously a chartered landscape architect for many years, and is even better than me at visualising ponds and layouts.
Interactive Plant Type Selector
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Choosing the right plants
Important factors for consideration
Important factors to bear in mind are: the size, depth and location of the pond and your own personal gardening style. The single most common problem I come across is ponds with no shelves, or shelves that are far too deep. The vast majority of marginal plants like to be covered by no more than a few centimetres of water; 1cm is far better than 15cm in most cases. Similarly, many people seem to think that water lilies need to be a metre deep or more; in fact most prefer half that depth.
Die-hard environmentalists will wish to use only native plants; at the other end of the spectrum a jungly tropical look can be achieved in mild areas or if some plants can be given winter protection. There is absolutely no sound ecological reason not to use some non-native plants if you like them. They all provide habitat, nectar and food. I do not sell any invasive non-native plants and never have done. Some of the native ones can be invasive and I clearly state this in the plant description.
If you are a beginner you could select one of my pond packs; these contain a nice variety of problem-free, non-invasive plants to give interest throughout the season and include the baskets. If you don’t need baskets then you can choose accordingly.
The most common mistakes are: using plants that are too vigorous for the size of the pond, or placing the plant in a situation that is too wet or not wet enough for it, usually the former. Most plants will be happy in permanently moist soil but many moisture loving plants resent standing in water permanently, though they may be ok during the main period of growth in summer.
We are happy to discuss your particular situation in detail and advise on the most suitable plants; there is absolutely no obligation. The best way to do this is on the telephone, as it is very time consuming for me to type out reams of different possibilities on email. I do ask that you phone me please. Brief email queries will be answered promptly.
What Our Customers Say
Mr A B 19th March 2020
Just to confirm the order arrived safely and all the plants are fine.
Thank you, they are so much better than the selections at local retailers.
Mr W J – 13th January 2022
The plants arrived yesterday nicely packaged. The plants are great, well rooted, and ready to get going when spring arrives. Thanks again.
Mrs G P May 2016
Just to let you that I received the plants yesterday morning. All are
in excellent condition very clean and with strong root structures. I found the
advice on your website is really helpful. All are now planted up andin the pond.
Many thanks again for all your help.
Ms L L 17th April 2020
Thank you so much for despatching the plants so quickly, particularly when you are so busy, and in such excellent condition. They arrived safely yesterday, but I was then too busy planting them to get back to you immediately.
All are now safely in our new pond and bog garden, and today’s rain is helping them to settle in. Thank you again for such wonderful service, and an excellently written and personal website. I will be in touch again when we start on the next bog garden.